I use mixed media and sculptural freestyle to create scenes in miniature. Subjects range from abstract to familiar. The dioramas often evoke faraway places, imagined timelines, or impossible situations, while the architecture shows the beauty of places we call home.
Jeanie Brownlie Anderson
Jeanie's passion for miniature food began at the age of 7 when she received a multi-color pack of modeling clay for Christmas. After covering every available flat surface with her tiny creations, her parents finally built her a dollshouse to fill instead!
A few joy-filled years later, her love of minis went underground until, about 8 years ago, she posted some photos of her surviving pieces on social media.
A friend invited her to teach a class at a local miniature shop, and she jumped in with both feet, and has never looked back.
My great grandfather was a cabinet maker so I guess it was already in the blood, and of course after 40 years working with sharp edge tools and machines I have seen plenty of that. With a traditional background in furniture and cabinetmaking starting at a young age working with a local cabinetmaker, I spent as much time as possible in the traditional cobblestone floor workshop, ankle deep in crisp shavings curled from razor-sharp wooden hand planes and the smell of linseed oil and polish. With school and college apprenticeships completed in Exeter and Barnstaple, a town with deep roots in the furniture industry, it was time for me to specialize and move away from some of the more commercial aspects.
In the early eighties I started making smaller cabinets and furniture, so it was a natural progression into even smaller miniature work. To find that there was a relatively new and growing market for miniatures was an added bonus. I have been making and teaching workshops for many years, but still learn something new every day.
That is what Life is all about!
I live in Arnhem, the Netherlands with my partner, youngest daughter, and our dog.
After high school, I studied art at ArtEZ art school. When I turned fifty I went to the Vakschool in Schoonhoven to learn goldsmithing techniques. Not to become a goldsmith but to use the techniques in miniature making. For several years now I have worked with copper, brass, and silver.
In 2020 I participated in the Dutch television show Klein Maar Fijn, a miniature talent show, and made it to the finals. This year I became an IGMA artisan.
Because I think it is very important to pass on the knowledge I feel honored to be able to teach in Tune. I hope we are going to have a great time making copperware.
Diane Meyboom is an internationally recognized miniature painter. The artist profession was not a choice for Diane. She has always been drawing and painting since she was born. Diane was educated at the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. There she was known as a painter with a technical background.
Twenty two years ago Diane started painting miniature paintings for her mother for her dollhouse, And so the pleasure and love for painting in miniature was born. She started to specialize in the techniques of the old Dutch masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer.
Now, twenty two years later, Diane Meyboom makes refined miniature paintings that are exactly faithful to the world famous authentic painting methods of the old masters. She masters the etching techniques in miniature and she has made many other special miniatures. Her works of art are of very high quality and worthy of a museum. This makes Diane unique in its kind, worldwide known as a professional miniaturist.
Because of her artistic expertise in the field of miniatures, Diane Meyboom is now also a jury member in a Dutch Television program.
Jens Torp is a Dane who now lives in England with his family. He trained as a Goldsmith and worked for many years as a jeweller in both Denmark and London. He has been involved in the miniatures
world since 1990.
Jens has taught in Tune several times previously and is really looking forward to teaching again in this beautiful place in 2023.